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Busy holidays for Gator grapplers

Star Staff Report

As most students, athletes, teachers and coaches used the holiday break for just that, a break, the Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School wrestling team was competing in two major tournaments.

The Gators, who are short on depth and athletes in the upper weight classes at this juncture of the season, were also wrestling well up in classification, facing a field dotted with a host of larger schools.

First up was the Lone Survivor Invitational at Parkway High School in Bossier, LA.

The Gators had four wrestlers competing, with Kaylee Easter at 126 pounds and Justin Johnson at 106 pounds each finishing 16th.

Connor Roberts, at 120 pounds, and Jaden Moseley at 132 pounds, each reached the championship round quarterfinals before losing.

Roberts won three consecutive consolation round matches to finish fifth with a 15-9 decision while Moseley also reached the fifth-place match in the consolation round, but lost by pin and finished sixth.

This past weekend, the Gators traveled to compete in The Bash at Mosley High School.

The first day was dual matches, with the Gators falling to Bayside 24-18, Gulf Shores 57-9 and Rutherford 21-17 before taking 11th after losing a tiebreaker to Bay after the teams finished knotted at 18-18.

Thompson High out of Alabama beat Parkway (LA) for the duals title.

The following day was individual competition.

Johnson (7-18 for the season) reached the consolation semifinals before being eliminated at 106 pounds and Easter (6-16) was eliminated in the second round of consolations at 126 pounds.

Roberts (20-12) took sixth after losing 9-2 in the fifth-place match at 120 pounds and Moseley (17-11) lost in overtime in the consolation semifinals at 132 pounds.